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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Brake Problems

90 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. 9 of these members (10%) have reported brake repairs for their car. A total of 16 brake repairs to 2008 Chevrolet Malibus--an average of 0.2 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Percentage of 2008 Chevrolet Malibu repairs by problem area

Chart based on 120 repairs.

2008 Chevrolet Malibu brake repair cost distribution

Chart based on 5 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

252-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

90000 mi US $300 caliper sticking 
11000   Squealing brakes 
52000   Pressure monitor ban on left front wheel 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

34300 mi US $100 At a continuous 80 mph the left front wheel would start to vibrate and shimmy violently and make a loud slapping noise. After stopping the problem went away but came back once the speed was 80 for about 5 minutes. Turned front rotors and replaced pads. 

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu 4dr Sedan

169-horsepower 2.4L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

86000 mi US $135 Replace front brake pads 
6000   Clunk from brake pedal while depressing brake in cold weather: brakes drained, filled, and bled at no cost. 
19000   Anti-lock brakes, Traction control and Parking brake warning lamps came on simultaneously. Replaced brake control module.  
33000   Squeaking break pedal. Replaced fluid in master cylinder. Not fixed 100% of the time but better. 
6820   The brake fluid in the master cylinder started to break down about 3 months after owning the car. Come cold winter months, the brakes would squeak when depressed. Dealer changed fluid to a modified DOT3 fluid as per bulletin #PIT3779J. 
16740   Brakes were squeaking while they were applied. The pads were tested, but still had plenty of braking material left. Shop decided that it was likely due to bad pads, so they replaced them. Squeaking has gone away. 
17980   Brakes squeak excessively during stopping. Brought the vehicle in, and service consultant decided that brakes should be looked at. Service technician says brakes should not be squeeking like this at only 26000 km, so replaced under warranty. 
39680 C $360 Brake pads were low. Hadn't reached the indicator yet, and mechanic said it would have to be replaced likely within next few months. I said since the car was in, just replace the pads. 
37820   Car didnt get driven much this summer. Away for work reasons. Inner front disk rotors got badly rusted. I got them off and buffed the rust making the surface clean got everything back together. Much better without vibrations! 
41840 C $95 Front Disks warped or uneven wear. Attemped to clean this spring. Helped but problem came back i.e. vibration under brake application. Disks under warranty, changed as well as pads 
42160   Knocking sound was coming back slowly, even with new disks and pads. Dismantled, cleaned and relubed with synthetics. Specialy the caliper pins which were quite dry. Pins out of calipers and boots throughout clean job. Works good. 
45880   Rear Brakes, bad wear: cleaned up 

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